Admissions & Financial Aid Blog

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Hit the GIM!
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The Weird and Wonderful World of College Sports: Quidditch
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Being Undecided
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What To Do During Winter Break
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A Majors Battle: STEM versus Humanities
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Satisfactory Academic Progress: What Is It and Why Should I Care?
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Society of Women Engineers (SWE) 2018 National Conference
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Why I Chose to Live in Southside
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Grace Hopper: A Reflection
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Who Sells the Best Coffee on Campus? – A Blind Taste Test

Hit the GIM!

GIM: abbr. General Interest Meeting General interest meetings are held at the beginning of each semester for every club so prospective new members can determine if they want to join or not. GIMs are a great opportunity to learn more about clubs you are interested in before committing, especially if dues are involved. For example,[…]

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The Weird and Wonderful World of College Sports: Quidditch

Who here loves Harry Potter? I sure do, but even if you scoff at the book series, you probably have still heard of the wizarding sport Quidditch. But Quidditch is no longer only an invention by J.K. Rowling, safely tucked within the pages of a few novels—it has made its way into the real world.[…]

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Being Undecided

You got into Rochester! Congratulations! If you were admitted to multiple institutions, one thing you’re likely to spend a lot of time thinking about as you consider your options is what to major in. These days, there seems to be a lot of pressure to pick a major before you’ve even stepped on campus. If[…]

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What To Do During Winter Break

Staying on campus during winter break? There’s still so much you can do! Winters at Rochester can be brutal. But that doesn’t mean your break has to be the same. If you find yourself in Rochester during a winter break, there are still lots of things that you can do! Catch up on studying. If[…]

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A Majors Battle: STEM versus Humanities

We’ve all seen those memes and read those tweets ridiculing the liberal arts, basking in STEM major egotism. As many prospective students may know/have read, the University of Rochester curriculum has students pursue clusters in all three areas of study: social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences. Hence, one can take advantage of the curriculum in[…]

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Satisfactory Academic Progress: What Is It and Why Should I Care?

Hello, University of Rochester undergrads! With finals wrapping up, you’re all probably thinking quite a bit about your final grades and degree audits. You might be surprised to learn, however, that the Financial Aid Office is thinking about them too! Why? Something called “Satisfactory Academic Progress,” more commonly referred to by its acronym: “SAP.” We’re[…]

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Society of Women Engineers (SWE) 2018 National Conference

by Sabrina Westgate, Class of 2019 From October 17–20, twelve members of the University of Rochester’s Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers headed to Minneapolis, Minnesota for the 2018 National SWE Conference. Our chapter has attended the SWE National Conference for the past few years, and as always, it was amazing. Many of the[…]

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Why I Chose to Live in Southside

When I was first presented with the housing options for my sophomore year, I did not even consider living at Southside: far distance, potential disconnect with others, and limited dining options. Here is what immediately made me, to my surprise, change my mind and ultimately want to live in Southside. In my first year, I[…]

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Grace Hopper: A Reflection

The time is here, the Grace Hopper Celebration! Grace Hopper is an annual conference aimed towards women in computer science. The University of Rochester Computer Science and Data Science Department sponsors a group of women to attend every year. This year, I was fortunate to be sponsored to attend. Overall, Grace Hopper was more than[…]

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Who Sells the Best Coffee on Campus? – A Blind Taste Test

Disclaimer: I am not a scientist. In fact, this experiment might be the most “science” I have done since arriving at the University of Rochester a year and a half ago. But it was finals week recently, and I decided the best way to honor that (and the best way to procrastinate) was to take[…]

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